This remarkable book contains 50 structured exercises which specifically address therapeutic issues of the elderly. Included are introductions, directions, and rationale for each exercise, and illustrated worksheets which can be photocopied for use with your clients. The exercises combine the important geriatric therapy techniques of reminiscence, validation, and remotivation to energize and inspire group members. Printed in an 8.5" x 11" format with flexible binding for ease in copying.
"Four stars for Dr. Link's new manual. It is an exceptionally well organized handbook which will be helpful to therapists and others who work with elderly clients. The illustrated exercises are simple, yet geared to bringing out emotional and other problems faced by our ever-growing geriatric population."
*Cay Drachnik, ATR-BC, HLM, MFCC, Past President, American Art Therapy Association; Author of Interpreting Metaphors in Children's Drawings
"Dr. Ann Link has written a clever and innovative book that offers much to counselors and psychotherapists working with senior citizens. Group Work With Elders is a practical and applied resource for conducting group exercises to help people come to terms with many of the very difficult challenges of old age. I recommend it highly."
*John Preston, PsyD, Chair, Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, CA; Author of You Can Beat Depression and Growing Beyond Emotional Pain
"Dr. Link provides guidelines for therapeutic intervention as well as actual exercises, allowing the reader to get started immediately with activities specifically designed with the older person in mind. This book fills a gap in the practical literature about work with elderly persons and should be part of the library of every professional who works with older adults."
*Cathy A. Malchiodi, MA, ATR, LPCC, LPAT, Director, Institute for the Arts & Health Salt Lake City, UT
"Dr. Link's group work with elders over the years has served as a model for other professionals working with elders. I am delighted that she has written this book as a means of sharing her excellent therapeutic techniques with a wider audience. Rather than a mere catalog of group techniques, I like the way that Dr. Link succinctly conveys the therapeutic purpose for each exercise, provides materials that can be used for participants, and indicates some possible issues that may be brought up during group discussion. The information Dr. Link has provided in her book can benefit elders not only in the context of group work, but can also enhance work with elders on an individual basis. Dr. Link's book is an important contribution to the growing literature on working with the elderly."
*James J. Whelan, PhD, Diplomate, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, Sacramento, CA